Emma Schmid - New Artist
We are excited to welcome Emma Schmid to Kids Corner. Emma's playful style has been popular with publishers across Europe.
Emma has worked on many titles ranging from picture books to activity books, her vibrant illustrations have captured the imaginations of children around the world.
When Emma isn't busy illustrating, she loves nothing more than observing the world around her, looking for that next spark of inspiration. We talked to Emma about her love of colour, how travel influences her work and her career aspirations.
Why did you decide to become an illustrator?
I was studying graphic design, when illustration started to interest me. I found it intriguing that beautiful images could have such communicative power. I studied at Escola Massana, in Barcelona, Spain, where I had excellent teachers. Barcelona is a very intense place for the visual arts and I found everything to be very inspiring. After graduation, my career progressed in a very natural way, I started freelancing and gradually I developed my style and began to focus on children's illustration.
How would you describe your work?
My characters and colours are strong. They speak loudly, in a friendly way, often fun and always positive. Colour is my world and defines my work.
What has been your favourite project to work on?
I designed and illustrated a theatre set for a children's dance show, 'La Lola Balla', produced by the dance company Cia La Mandarina. This was such fun and completely different to anything I have done before. It was an interactive show, where the main character Lola invited children from the audience to dance on the stage. I found the project very inspiring and I really enjoyed the process.
We love your book 'El Món Dels Animals', which shows the animal kingdom in all its glory. What inspired this book?
Animals are a dream to draw, nature has some very funny characters and amazing creatures and I get such pleasure from illustrating them. I have always been particularly fascinated by birds and sea life, birds are so colourful, they naturally appeal to me and underwater life is like a fantasy land, some of the sea's creatures are unbelievable.
I'm in the process of developing another animal book, to be published later on in the year. It is about an elephant and his quest to be like other animals, I can't wait to see this in print.
What was your favourite illustrated book as a child?
I think Sleeping Beauty by Arthur Rackham is a masterpiece. The silhouettes hold so much detail and are full of poetry, they really impressed me as a child and I am still fascinated by them today.
Who or what inspires you?
Any design from the fifties, sixties and especially the seventies inspires me. There were so many brilliant artists during this time, full of colour and bold shapes, but more than anything, I am influenced by the world around me. In the last few years I have lived in Panama, Hamburg and New York, as well as Barcelona, where I am originally from. These great cities have given me ideas, colour palettes and images to work with. The things I see everyday inspire me; a community garden, window displays in the shops on my street, people walking by - children are especially fun to watch.
What would your dream project be?
I enjoy working on a diverse range of projects and I love the opportunity to immerse myself in the world that each one offers. I would really like to experiment with working in a new medium, to see my characters jump from paper to other formats, I'd love to see them on textiles or transformed into toys, I think that would be a lot of fun.
Emma is exclusively represented Worldwide, by Kids Corner. If you are interested in commissioning Emma or have any further questions, please get in touch. To see Emma's full portfolio, please click here.